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The lockout trudges on, and after reading several updates and articles, there are several things the players union are asking for, but one that sticks out the most is the service time manipulation. Teams intentionally won’t field the best of talent for a certain amount of time to avoid super 2 scenarios or gain an extra year.
According to Ethan Hullihen of Pittsburgh Baseball Network, he mentioned that the players had brought a proposal to the table, and the league is refusing to budge at the moment. This could be an indicator of how long this lockout will be. Would getting rid of service time manipulation be enough for you? As always, let us know in the comments.
UPDATE (12:29 p.m.) MLB Trade Rumors listed two potential Pirate trades once the lockout ends. The first was Pittsburgh native David Bednar and the second was Chris Stratton. One would think that the Bednar “rumor” is nothing more than a bored idea to create buzz but Stratton seems like a legit trade piece.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) December 9, 2021
Pittsburgh Baseball Now Notes
Pirates Prospects Notes
Tim Williams and John Dreker give us the low down on all things Pirate Prospects on Wednesday. Leading off, Tim tries to temper our expectations of the minor league rule 5 draft. Batting cleanup with the bases loaded is John, and he gives us the recap of the winter league games.
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